Qatar Fuel Additives Company capture plant
Qatar Fuel Additives Company (QAFAC), a major producer in Qatar, placed an order in March 2012 for a large-scale CO2 recovery plant from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). It plans to install this within its methanol production plant, near Doha, by autumn 2014. Reports in early 2013 said the plant would be commissioned in October 2014.
QAFAC owns and operates methanol production facilities in Mesaieed, producing around 2500 tonnes per day of US federal grade AA methanol from natural gas – supplied by Qatar Petroleum – through steam reforming and methanol synthesis. The plant could capture around 180,000 tonnes per annum of CO2 that would be reused as part of the methanol production process.
The deal is the first overseas order for an MHI capture plant specifically targeted at methanol production. The facility will recover up to 500 tonnes per day of CO2 from combustion exhaust gas. The CO2 will be separated and recovered from the flue gas using MHI's proprietary KS-1™ solvent.
MHI will license its CO2 recovery technology, known as the KM CDR Process®, to QAFAC through its affiliate company MIES – which will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction.
The Qatar National Bank Group has pledged US$80 million investment in the project.
The project is now ready to start construction and the plant is set to become operational in October 2014, with its commissioning in the same year.